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U.S. Solar Developers Scramble after Silicon Valley Bank Collapse
More than 1,550 community solar, battery storage, and hydrogen firms in the United States were rushing to regroup after last week’s collapse of the Silicon Valley Bank (SVB), which had issued them billions of dollars in operating loans.
Hawaii Firm Turns Home Water Heaters into Grid Batteries
A Honolulu company is helping low-income families in Hawaii reduce energy costs while contributing to a more sustainable grid—by linking household water heaters to create a virtual power plant, effectively repurposing the ubiquitous appliances into grid batteries.
Biden Cuts Fossil Subsidies, But Oil and Gas Still Lines Up for Billions
Despite a high-profile pledge from U.S. President Joe Biden’s to eliminate US$31 billion in fossil fuel subsidies, the country’s oil and gas industry is still lining up for billions in financial support under the national climate plan it once opposed.
No Climate Risk Targets for Banks, New Guides for Green Finance as 2 Federal Agencies Issue New Rules
Bankers will have to disclose but not take action on their exposure to financial risk, and the definition of “transitional” investments leading to a net-zero economy might include new spending on carbon capture and “blue” hydrogen projects, under two new reports from federal agencies over the last several days.
Book Excerpt: ‘Hope Beckons’ as Solar and Wind Scale Up
How is it possible that a year of new solar and wind installations can already deliver more than twice the total peak power capacity it took Canada a century to build? In this book excerpt, author and investigative journalist Paul McKay says it’s partly because renewable production costs per unit are going down as scales and sales go up.
Workers Move to Renewables as U.S. Fossil Sector Sheds Jobs
Job opportunities in renewable energy are pulling U.S. workers from the fossil fuel sector, but some worry that the available labour force will still fall short of the Biden administration’s clean energy goals.
Export ‘Clean’ Hydrogen to Europe, EC President Urges Canada
Canada should focus on exporting “clean” hydrogen to Europe as the continent shifts its fuel sources away from Russia, the head of the European Union said this week, ahead of an upcoming visit to Canada.
Trailblazing Hydrogen Plant Could ‘Cannibalize’ Green Power from Nova Scotia Grid
Nova Scotia has approved plans for what could be North America’s first commercial-scale green hydrogen facility, amid lingering concerns that powering the plant could cannibalize renewable energy that’s vital to meeting the province’s climate goals.
Alberta Faces ‘Significant Disadvantage’ by Ignoring Energy Transition, Pembina Warns
Alberta’s ability to thrive and attract investment in a world shifting to low-carbon energy will depend on the climate and energy policy choices it makes in the weeks leading into this spring’s provincial election and beyond, the Calgary-based Pembina Institute warns in a 23-page policy roadmap released last week.
Ontario Considers New Large-Scale Nuclear Plants Despite Cheaper, Renewable Options
Ontario is exploring the possibility of building new, large-scale nuclear plants in order to meet increasing demand for electricity and phase out natural gas generation.
Fringe Conspiracy Theories Target 15-Minute City Push in Edmonton, Toronto
Edmonton and Toronto’s bid to become “15-minute cities” is facing pushback from fringe groups—putting them alongside Oxford, England, in a battle against climate denial, COVID-19 misinformation, and hard-right extremism.
B.C. Public Pension Plan Pours Retirement Savings into UK Home Hydrogen Scheme
The public pension plan that manages the retirement savings of 715,000 British Columbians has bought into a natural gas transmission network that is touting a risky scheme to use hydrogen for home heating, despite persistent concerns about the cost, safety, and climate impact of the plan.
Local Buy-In Brings Denmark’s ‘Renewable Energy Island’ Close to 100% Fossil-Free
A tiny Danish island has completed its journey to becoming the world’s first “renewable energy island,” with its roughly 4,000 residents reducing their emissions to near zero through collective ownership of wind turbines, solar panels, and biomass heating plants.
Aggressive Net-Zero Plan Puts PEI at ‘Centre of Energy Transition Universe’
A clever series of presentation slides at a conference in Ottawa last week placed small communities at the centre of the energy transition and spotlighted Prince Edward Island as Canada’s next source of breakaway climate leadership.
Wind and Solar Cheaper than Gas Plants in Ontario and Alberta, Study Shows
Wind and solar farms with battery backup are both cheaper to build than natural gas power plants in Ontario and Alberta, and the price of the renewable options is expected to fall another 40% by 2035, concludes a report released last week by Clean Energy Canada (CEC).
Lithium Mine Divides Nemaska Cree Over Impacts, Benefits
Type the word “Nemaska” into a search engine and most results refer to Nemaska Lithium, the company that sought bankruptcy protection in 2019 before being partly bought out by the Quebec government’s investment agency. But Nemaska is above all a Cree community in the heart of the boreal forest that shares its territory with a wide variety of species.
Canada’s Solid Renewables Growth Falls Short of Net-Zero Ambitions
Canada’s wind and solar capacity grew significantly in 2022, but not enough to hit the growth rate needed to reach net-zero emissions by 2050, new data shows.
BP Predicts Faster Oil and Gas Decline as Clean Energy Spending Hits $1.1T in 2022
Oil and gas production will fall faster than previously expected, renewable energy will grow more rapidly, and global carbon dioxide emissions will drop as a result, according to a new analysis released yesterday by colossal fossil BP.
Virtual Power Plants Hit an ‘Inflection Point’
A new study says virtual power plants (VPPs) and their many benefits for electrical grids are at an “inflection point” as consumer demand and legislation propel a shift to greater electrification.
Bogus Carbon Offsets, A Curious Seal, and £2,150 Per Household in Climate and Energy Costs
A nine-month news investigation by The Guardian, Die Zeit, and SourceMaterial, a non-profit investigative journalism organization, revealed that more than 90% of forest carbon offsets from the world’s leading provider are bogus. Indigenous and locally-controlled lands in the Amazon were storing carbon, while the rest of the rainforest was emitting greenhouse gases. Brazil’s new government confronted the “scorched earth” left behind by the Bolsonaro regime and launched its first raids against illegal tree-cutters.
Ontario Greenwashes with ‘Misleading, Illegitimate’ Emission Credits
Ontario’s “misleading and illegitimate” system of clean energy credits is “little more than greenwashing” and “should not move forward,” a team of three researchers writes for the Canadian Climate Institute (CCI).
Hydrogen Patents Reveal Shift Toward Cleaner Technologies
Innovators motivated by climate change have been shifting hydrogen technology toward low-emission solutions, boosting the potential for green hydrogen to replace fossil fuels in industries like long-haul transport, where few clean alternatives exist.
Traffic and Transit, U.S. Gas Bans, Rooftop Windmills, Radioactive Wastewater, and a March 23 Day of Action on Banking and Oil
The U.S. set out to widen more highways, even though traffic planners know it never reduces congestion. Parking lots were falling out of favour, major U.S. subway systems were falling apart, Toronto’s transit plan was falling far short, Toronto’s parking authority fell for the idea of an EV charging network, and urban transit advocates wanted a federal strategy for zero-emission transit, intercity coaches, and rail.
BREAKING: Fossils Should Pay Trillions to Store Carbon through 2050, Ex-Industry Execs Say
A group of former oil and gas executives and academics is calling for the industry to pay tens of trillions of dollars through 2050 to take full responsibility for every tonne of carbon it produces.
Biggest Solar Investment in U.S. History to Bring 2,500 Jobs to Georgia
A South Korean solar panel maker Qcells said Wednesday that it will invest more than US$2.5 billion to build factories in Georgia in what it says is the largest solar investment in American history.
Suncor Safety Violations, the Language of Just Transition, and California Faces Devastating Rainstorms
Suncor Energy and a subcontractor faced 28 charges for safety violations after a bulldozer crashed through thin ice on a frozen tailings pond in January, 2021, killing 25-year-old operator Patrick Poitras. “Someone didn’t do their job and I lost my son because of that,” his dad told CBC. “My son gave his life for that job.”
IN CONVERSATION: U.S. Looks to Massive Increase in Rooftop Solar Jobs
Sandy Anuras is Chief Technology Officer at Sunrun, a leading home solar, storage, and energy services company in the United States. In this feature interview last fall, she talked about nine million renewable energy jobs to be created over the next decade, a tipping point for rooftop solar, and the opportunities for workers who are too often left behind.
Green Crowdfunding Could Bridge the Gap for Small Investors
A new crowdfunding platform that helps individuals invest in projects like community solar could bridge the gap for a growing number of people interested in holding sustainable investments.
New Policies, Political Shifts Produced Climate ‘Inflection Point’ in 2022
After nearly half a century of delaying the shift off fossil fuels, and “with the climate crisis breaching our front door,” 2022 may have been the moment when humanity finally turned a corner on emission reductions, says U.S. climate analyst Dr. Leah Stokes.
Wilkinson Promises Just Transition Bill in 2023
Canada will see federal just transition legislation early this year that will become a gateway for oil and gas workers to move into green energy jobs, Natural Resources Minister Jonathan Wilkinson told CBC this week.
Ukraine to Rebuild Clean and Green After Russian Attacks on Power Grid
Ukraine is planning to speed up its shift to clean, green electricity, citing Russia’s drone and missile attacks on its electricity infrastructure as a catalyst to build a more resilient grid.
Trudeau Signals Shift from International Aid to Infrastructure, Climate Resilience
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is signalling a shift away from humanitarian aid toward funding infrastructure projects in developing countries.
THE RUNDOWN: U.S. Narrowly Averts Massive Blackout, USPS to Buy 66,000 Electric Delivery Vans, and Twitter Lights Up for Brazil’s New Cabinet
At least 91 people died and the eastern United States narrowly averted a massive blackout after a “bomb cyclone” hit much of the continental United States December 21-26. Facing renewed attention to the vulnerability of the Texas power grid, Governor Greg Abbott demanded a probe of fossil gas supplier Atmos Energy, just months after promising the state was ready to withstand the next round of winter storms. A Ford F-150 Lightning still had two-thirds of its battery capacity available after powering its owner through a two-day power outage in southern Ontario, and California utility PG&E distributed home batteries to help some of its customers get through summer blackouts.
Oil Set to Become as Obsolete as Landlines, Experts Warn
With all signs pointing to a clean energy “juggernaut” that will leave slow adopters in the dust, Canada needs to plan for a drastic drop in oil demand, say experts from the International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD).
$50B Opportunity Means ‘Go Time’ for Canadian Renewables: CanREA CEO
It’s “go time” for wind, solar, and energy storage in Canada—thanks to low costs, abundant resources, climate imperatives, and an estimated C$50-billion investment opportunity, says Vittoria Bellissimo, the Canadian Renewable Energy Association’s new president and CEO.
EU Boosts Industrial Emissions Target from 43 to 62% by 2030
European Union governments and lawmakers reached a deal Sunday on key elements of the 27-nation bloc’s green deal, reforming the EU’s trading system for greenhouse gas emissions and creating a new hardship fund for those hardest-hit by measures to curb climate change.
‘Shockwave’: HSBC Refuses New Oil and Gas Field Investments, But Not in Canada
The world’s eighth-largest bank and Europe’s current biggest funder of fossil fuel expansion, HSBC Holdings, has announced it will no longer invest in new oil and gas fields. But its Canadian branch is exempt from the new policy.
Forest Bioenergy Isn’t Carbon Neutral, Destroys Habitat, 650 Scientists Warn
A letter backed by 650 scientists says forest bioenergy has “wrongly been deemed ‘carbon neutral’” and calls on world leaders to stop the practice that they say destroys valuable wildlife habitats.
‘Floatovoltaics’ Hold Promise, But Ecosystem Impacts Still Under Review
Floating solar panels, or “floatovoltaics” are an emerging technology that could open up new space for the renewable energy capacity countries need. But their environmental impacts are still an open question.
New Fossil Investment Far Exceeds Paris Climate Goals: Carbon Tracker
The world’s biggest fossil companies, many of them operating in Canada, approved new oil and gas projects in 2021 and early 2022 that will blow through a 1.5°C limit on average global warming, according to new analysis released late last week by the Carbon Tracker Initiative.
Winter Freeze Will Strain North American Grid, Regulator Warns
Power grids in North America have enough supply to keep the lights on during normal weather this year, but a new report predicts some regions will be vulnerable to power outages during extreme or prolonged periods of cold weather.
Yukon Company Develops Solar+Storage System for Off-Grid Use
A company based in Watson Lake, Yukon has developed a portable solar+storage system with foldable panels to serve extremely cold remote locations.
Sky-High Prices, Falling Demand Dent Asia’s ‘Golden Age’ of Gas
The skyrocketing price of liquefied natural gas (LNG) is driving down demand in China and India and raising the risk that new import terminals will be delayed or cancelled, according to a new analysis last week by the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis (IEEFA).
Renewables Advocate Wins Hotly Contested Seat on Louisiana Regulatory Panel
Newcomer Davante Lewis, a Democrat backed by an environmental political action committee, easily won Saturday’s runoff for a seat on Louisiana’s Public Service Commission, an obscure regulatory body that has received national attention from media, celebrities, climate activists, and major public utility companies.
Renewables to Deliver 90% of New Electricity, Become Biggest Source by 2025, IEA Says
Key countries around the world are set to add as much new renewable energy capacity over the next five years as they did over the last 20, as governments look for affordable supplies that can address the overwhelming energy security issues raised by Russia’s war in Ukraine, the International Energy Agency (IEA) says in its Renewables 2022 report released Tuesday.
New Cumbria Coal Mine Makes UK a ‘Superpower in Climate Hypocrisy’
Britain’s Conservative government on Wednesday approved the UK’s first new coal mine in three decades, a decision condemned by environmentalists as a leap backwards in the fight against climate change.
Small Change in Window Technology Saves Energy, Cuts Costs at U.S. Hospital
A small shift in design approach could lead to solid gains in the energy performance of low- and mid-rise institutional buildings, according to the team behind a recent energy retrofit that covered a single floor of a university hospital in Hershey, Pennsylvania.
Boost Farm Bill Funds for Climate Solutions, U.S. Advocates Urge Lawmakers
Farmers in the United States need more tools and support to be part of the climate solution, say advocates, urging lawmakers gearing up to draft the new 2023 Farm Bill to increase funding for a rural renewables and energy efficiency.
Solar Roofs on Car Parks Gain Ground as Energy Solution
Parking lots around the world are increasingly becoming sites for solar power generation, as governments and corporations seek out ways to accelerate their transition to renewables.
Ontario Could Cut Emissions 85%, Save $9.5B by Replacing Gas Plants with Efficiency
Ontario could cut projected climate emissions 85% by 2035 and reduce its use of carbon-heavy, gas-fired power plants to less than 3% of power production if its grid met rising electricity demand with energy efficiency, solar, wind, and energy storage, according to an analysis released last week by The Atmospheric Fund (TAF).
Fuel Disruptions, Price Surge Produce Energy Efficiency ‘Turning Point’: IEA
Russia’s war in Ukraine was the catalyst for a surge in global energy efficiency investments this year, as governments and consumers “turned to efficiency measures as part of their responses to fuel supply disruptions and record-high energy prices,” the International Energy Agency (IEA) says in its Energy Efficiency 2022 report released Friday.
Solar Microgrids, Canadian Pylons Pitched as Solutions for War-Wrecked Ukraine
Microgrid and electricity system infrastructure providers are stepping up to support civilians left powerless in the dark and cold, after Russia spent weeks blitzing Ukraine’s grid to demoralize the population and force surrender.
Ending the War on Nature Delivers Prosperity, Economic Justice: Torrie
This year’s devastating floods in Pakistan are one front in our clash with the planetary boundaries that define the rules for everything we do, but the war with nature will come to your doorstep soon, writes Corporate Knights Research Director Ralph Torrie.
Cities Plot Path Away from ‘Car-Dependent Hellscapes’
While a California suburb acts as a model for decarbonizing housing on a large scale, Canadian cities like Guelph, Ontario, are finding ways to make the transition from “car-dependent hellscapes” to green cities.
Ivey Foundation Pledges $100M to Speed Emission Cuts, Will Close in 2027
Canada’s sixth-oldest family foundation has announced a five-year plan to close its doors after distributing its entire $100-million endowment to help slash the country’s greenhouse gas emissions and build a low-carbon economy.
Heat Pumps Primed for Take-Off, Could Cut 500M Tonnes of Carbon by 2030
Countries could cut carbon dioxide emissions by 500 million tonnes by 2030—the amount produced by all the cars in Europe today—by adopting heat pump technology that already supplies 10% of the world’s space heating and is poised for faster growth, the International Energy Agency concludes in a report released this week.
Community Energy Fund, 100% Renewable Utility Deal Boost U.S. Energy Transition
The United States clean energy transition received two boosts this month from the Biden administration—a US$550 million cash infusion for community-based clean energy initiatives, and a first-ever 100% carbon-free electricity agreement with a utility.
New LNG Projects Would Stop B.C. from Meeting Climate Targets
Doubling down on liquefied natural gas (LNG) exports to Asia could destroy British Columbia’s chances of meeting its emission reduction targets and make the province vulnerable to a rapid drop in global gas demand, two expert authors argue in a recent op ed for the Vancouver Sun.
Wind Turbines Trigger ‘Thundersnow’ During Buffalo Snowstorm
A recent lake effect snowfall in western New York offered researchers a rare opportunity to gather data about how wind turbines trigger “thundersnow”—or lightning within a snowstorm.
Vietnam to Seal $11B Funding Deal for Off-Coal Transition
Negotiations to secure US$11 billion in funding to help Vietnam shift its economy off coal are in the home stretch, with the country’s debt wariness and donor concerns about suppression of dissent among the thorny issues still to be resolved.
Back Low-Income Energy Savings, Efficiency Canada Urges Ottawa [Sign-On]
Provincial energy efficiency programs and national energy savings rebounded after the COVID-19 pandemic, but energy savings for low-income households still need a lot more attention, Efficiency Canada concludes in the latest edition of its annual Provincial Energy Efficiency Scorecard.
NS Utility Emera Puts Clean Energy Plans on Hold Despite Rising Profits
Emera Inc., the parent company of Nova Scotia Power, is putting capital spending on clean energy projects in the province on hold as it works through the consequences of a government-imposed rate cap.
France to Mandate Solar Panels for All Large Car Parks
France is upping its renewable energy capacity by requiring all large car parks to cover at least half of their area with solar panels—a move that could generate up to 11 gigawatts of power.
Canada, Other Countries Urged to End Fossil Financing, Shift $28B Per Year to Clean Energy
A COP 27 event marked the Glasgow Statement’s one-year anniversary by urging Germany, Italy, Canada, and the United States to live up to climate promises that could shift US$28 billion per year from fossil fuels to clean energy.
Report Urges African Petrostates to Accelerate Investment in Solar
African petrostates betting on fossil fuel exports for wealth creation and energy security are making an imprudent choice, warns a new report, as the “inevitable and irreversible” energy transition will slash demand, lower oil prices, and freeze investments from international oil companies.
Costs Skyrocket at U.S. Small Modular Reactor Project
Higher steel costs and rising interest rates are taking the blame after a small modular nuclear reactor project in Utah reported a cost increase from US$58 to $90 or $100 per megawatt-hour for the electricity it’s meant to produce.
Canada Hits Bottom Tier in Climate Change Performance Index
Canada placed fifth from the bottom, and the top three ranks were left empty for the second year in a row, in the latest edition of the Climate Change Performance Index (CCPI) released at the COP 27 climate summit Monday.
COP 27 Side Deals Support Renewables in Egypt, Off-Coal Transition in Indonesia
While negotiations at the COP 27 climate summit lag and fossil interests strive to dominate the conversation, countries are announcing side agreements that point toward emission reductions and energy transition in parts of the world that need them most.
Energy Storage, Conservation Helped California Dodge Summer Blackouts
Energy imports, energy conservation, new storage capacity, and effective communication helped California avoid blackouts during a record-setting September heat wave.
Africa’s ‘Fossil Fallacy’ Will Devastate Climate, Wreck Communities, Report Says
A new report busts the “fallacy” that boosting gas production in Africa will benefit the continent’s population. Instead, the so-called “dash for gas” will devastate the natural environment, leave local communities powerless, and wreak havoc on the climate, report authors say.
Climate Action Gains, ‘Red Wave’ Fizzles in U.S. Midterm Elections
With the partisan tilt of the next U.S. Congress still uncertain nearly a week after midterm elections last Tuesday, a few things are clear: there was no “red wave” propelling Trump-friendly candidates into office, a strong youth vote was a decisive factor in the election result, and climate action was a winning issue for campaigns in several key U.S. states.
Competition Bureau to Probe Industry Greenwashing of ‘Clean’, ‘Natural’ Gas
Competition Bureau Canada has opened an investigation into allegations that the Canadian Gas Association is greenwashing fossil methane as clean, following a C$10-million complaint filed in September by the Canadian Association of Physicians for the Environment (CAPE).
CCUS Mostly Shut Out, Renewables Get Tax Credit in Federal Economic Statement
A pitch for private investment in emission reduction projects, including tax credits for renewable energy, low-carbon heating, and clean hydrogen, is one of the highlights of the fall economic statement released Thursday by Finance Minister Chrystia Freeland.
EXCLUSIVE: Canada Pitches European Gas Exports, But Europe Won’t Be Buying
Canadians are being sold on a future of natural gas exports to Europe just as European countries speed up their exit from all fossil fuels, says a leading energy transition researcher who’s just finished a series two-week fact-finding visits to Ireland, Denmark, and France.
Local Green Building Laws at Risk as Ontario Fast-Tracks New Housing Bill [Sign-On]
Municipal climate and energy leaders in Ontario are scrambling to protect energy-efficient building standards that may be at risk in the provincial government’s rush to push through its More Homes Built Faster Act, Bill 23.
2/3 of Americans, Europeans Back Climate Action, Faster Transition
Nearly two-thirds of Americans think the federal government is not doing enough to fight climate change, according to a new poll that shows limited public awareness in the U.S. about a sweeping new law that commits the U.S. to its largest ever investment to combat global warming.
Nova Scotia Power Declares ‘Pause’ on $5B Atlantic Loop Scheme
Nova Scotia Power’s decision to “pause” its participation in the proposed Atlantic Loop megaproject is just a temporary setback in the bid to end the region’s reliance on coal, says the federal cabinet minister charged with moving the electrical grid off fossil fuels.
German State Picks Electric Trains Over Hydrogen
The German state of Baden-Württemberg is pulling the plug on hydrogen fuel cells as an option for intercity rail after concluding the technology would cost 80% more than overhead electricity lines or battery-powered hybrids over a 30-year span.
#TBT: 45 Years Ago, Renewable Energy Became the Road Not Taken
On October 31, 1977, Vol. 1, No. 1 of Canadian Renewable Energy News hit the stands. “With the head start we had 45 years ago,” writes Energy Mix publisher Mitchell Beer, “the job should have been all but done by now.”
Fossil Decline Has Begun, But Time Running Out to Cut Emissions, Agencies Say
Oil and gas demand has levelled off, renewable energy costs are falling, and electric vehicles can dominate major markets by 2030, but countries will still need “unprecedented” emission reductions this decade to keep the worst of climate change under control, according to reports by three international agencies released yesterday and today.
Caisse Invests Up to $474M in Japanese Renewables Firm
The giant Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec (CDPQ) is investing up to US$474 million, or 70 billion Japanese yen, in a company that got its start as a search for energy alternatives in the wake of the Fukushima nuclear disaster in 2011.
Fossil Investment Could ‘Fully Finance’ Renewable Shift to 1.5°C
Redirecting $570 billion per year from planned oil and gas investments could “fully finance” wind and solar expansion to meet a 1.5°C target, showing that oil and gas development must be halted to keep global warming within safe limits, a new report concludes.
Sunak to Restore UK Fracking Ban, Faces Long Climate To-Do List
Incoming British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak will restore his country’s ban on oil and gas fracking, Reuters reported yesterday, after his predecessor Liz Truss reversed a moratorium originally set out in the UK Conservative Party’s 2019 election platform.
Ottawa Pours $970M into Ontario Small Modular Reactor
The Canada Infrastructure Bank (CIB) is pouring nearly C$970 million into Ontario Power Generation’s plan to build the country’s first small modular nuclear reactor (SMR), a 300-megawatt unit on the site of the existing Darlington nuclear station off Lake Ontario.
NL Premier Denies Conflict after Fishing Trip with Hydrogen CEO
A luxury fishing trip has prompted questions about the deep connections between Newfoundland and Labrador’s premier and the company hoping to kick-start a hydrogen energy sector in the province.
France to Quit Fossil-Friendly Energy Charter Treaty
France will become the latest European Union country to leave an energy agreement which climate groups claim is being used by the fossil fuel industry to legally challenge environmental measures, President Emmanuel Macron said last Friday.
LNG Buying Spree Could Double German Energy Costs, Waste €200B
Germany’s global buying spree for liquefied natural gas could double consumer energy prices and cost it hundreds of billions of euros, particularly with renewably-produced hydrogen on track to out-compete LNG on price in as little as a decade, according to two recent analyses.
87 Countries Have Reached Clean Energy Tipping Point
A 5% threshold for renewable energy on the power grid might not sound like much, but it’s the milestone that could tip electricity systems in 87 countries into a rapid shift off carbon, a Bloomberg news analyst says.
Renewable Electricity May Soon Cost U.S. Buyers Next to Nothing
Solar and wind power purchase agreements (PPAs) in the United States could be signed for less than one cent per kilowatt-hour (kWh) thanks to Inflation Reduction Act funding, concludes an analysis by investment banking giant Crédit Suisse.
Lagging Transmission Permits Imperil U.S. Climate Targets
America’s extensive transmission permitting regulations could slow the clean energy transition facilitated by the Inflation Reduction Act (IRA), and reform won’t come easy for a narrowly divided senate.
Global CO2 Emissions ‘Defy Expectations’ Due to Renewables, EV’s
Global carbon dioxide emissions are “defying expectations” and set to rise by just under 1% this year, far less than analysts predicted, due to record deployment of renewable energy and electric vehicles, the International Energy Agency (IEA) reports.
Ottawa Overspends on CCS, Neglects Worker Skills: Iron & Earth
Energy transition support in the federal government’s 2022 budget favoured carbon capture, utilization and storage (CCS) over the best opportunities for rapid decarbonization, Iron & Earth Executive Director Luisa Da Silva told a Parliamentary committee Tuesday.
Don’t Let Hydrogen Hype Become a Bubble, Liebreich Warns
The swirling hype over hydrogen is at risk of becoming a market bubble, veteran renewable energy analyst Michael Liebreich warned an industry conference in Rotterdam last week.
UK Can Shake Gas Dependence, Study Finds, as Truss Greenlights Fracking
As the United Kingdom pursues fracking as a solution to its energy independence, new analysis finds the country’s power sector can reduce its reliance on gas from 40% to 1% by 2030, with a rapid renewables switch bringing £93 billion (C$142 billion) in savings.
Informed, Engaged Citizens Drive Municipal Climate Action, Miller Says
Former Toronto mayor David Miller, now managing director of the C40 Centre for City Climate Policy and Economy, talks about cities’ responsibility to take action on the climate emergency.
Suncor Dumps Wind, Solar Projects to Boost CCS, Hydrogen
Suncor Energy Inc. says it is selling its wind and solar assets to Canadian Utilities Limited for $730 million.
Lithium-Ion Focus Stunts Uptake of New Long-Duration Storage Ideas
New long-duration energy storage technologies could help address key grid resilience issues, but market constraints current limit adoption to lithium-ion batteries, a technology developer says.
EXCLUSIVE: Pension Fund Gambles Retirement Savings on Alberta Oilfield Buy
A deal to sell 38,000 hectares of Alberta oil and gas lands to a company controlled by the Canada Pension Plan Investment Board (CPPIB) is shining a light on large fossils’ favourite path to decarbonization: rather than shutting down some of their assets, they hand them off to smaller operators that then keep them in production.
Ontario Opens New Programs to Shave Peak Electricity Use
Ontario’s electricity system operator is planning to roll out a voluntary program that pays customers with smart thermostats to have their air conditioning remotely reduced on hot summer days.
BREAKING: ‘Very Nasty Trade-Off’ as Ontario Picks Gas, Nuclear Over Renewables
Ontario can deliver enough distributed energy resources (DER) to clear a large electricity shortage over the next decade, but a prominent analyst says the provincial government is still pivoting between two equally “catastrophic” options—relying more on methane-heavy gas plants, or extending the life of an aging nuclear station outside Toronto.
Don’t Subsidize ‘High-Stakes Gamble’ on LNG, Economist Urges Ottawa
Even with Europe scrambling to break its dependence on Russian gas supplies, there’s no reason for Canada to subsidize expensive liquefied natural gas (LNG) projects with questionable long-term prospects, says clean growth economist Rachel Samson, vice president of policy at the Institute for Research on Public Policy.
‘Yes, We Love Our Heat Pump’: Fossil-Free Household Cancels Contract with Gas Company
“To answer a question I am often asked—Yes, we are still happy with the decision, five years ago, to replace our gas furnace with an air-source heat pump,” writes engineer and renewables advocate Bill Nuttle. “It is one of the best decisions we ever made.”
349,000 Without Power in Puerto Rico, 10 Days After Fiona
As power slowly returns to Puerto Rico in Hurricane Fiona’s wake, pressure is building to wean the island’s grid off its 97% dependence on fossils fuels—towards a climate-resilient distributed system that relies on renewables.
Rooftop Solar Firm Sunnova Pitches Off-Grid Neighbourhoods
A U.S. rooftop solar company is facing headwinds as it seeks to build off-grid neighbourhoods that would be less dependent on established utilities.
5 GW of Offshore Wind Won’t Stop NS Hydrogen Plant from Starting with Coal
A blockbuster, five-gigawatt commitment to offshore wind, announced Tuesday by the Nova Scotia government, will be mostly devoted to producing “green” hydrogen for export, and won’t come online in time to stop a hydrogen and ammonia project in Cape Breton from relying on coal-generated electricity, The Energy Mix and Halifax Examiner have learned.
New U.S. Climate Law to Slash Clean Energy Costs, Report Finds
The United States’ Inflation Reduction Act (IRA) could change the landscape of energy economics with its unprecedented support for clean energy sources, says a new report.
EXCLUSIVE: Nova Scotia Start-Up Touts ‘Green’ Hydrogen Plant Powered by Coal
A green hydrogen/ammonia facility planned in Point Tupper, Nova Scotia is being touted as a blessing for the province’s climate goals, even though it will initially be powered by a coal-fired grid—with all the ammonia slated for export overseas.
UK Must Tackle Energy Efficiency or Risk Larger Crisis: Report
Britain’s new policy of capping home energy bills and subsidizing energy giants fails to address the country’s old, inefficient housing stock, says a new report—with one critic warning such an impractical energy policy could “play into the hands” of Russia’s Vladimir Putin.
Shift from Fossils to Renewables Will Save $12 Trillion by 2050
Replacing fossil fuels with renewable energy will save countries at least US$12 trillion by 2050, an Oxford University research team reports.
Vehicle-to Grid Tech Stabilizes New England Grid, Cuts Power Cost
Cities and utilities in New England are experimenting with bi-directional charging technology, pulling power from parked electric vehicle batteries during peak demand to stabilize the grid and boost reliability while delivering cost savings to customers.
Aging Infrastructure, Market Barriers Make U.S. Grid Vulnerable
Outdated infrastructure is making America’s electricity grid vulnerable to blackouts in the face of climate change and an ambitious clean energy transition, experts say.
Australian States Keep Pace with Momentous National Climate Law
Australian states and businesses are moving in step with the country’s new climate policy, making their own leaps to decarbonization after a new climate change law pledged to slash the nation’s carbon emissions 43% by 2030.
Clean Energy Employs Majority of Energy Workers Worldwide, IEA Reports
Clean energy companies employ more than half of the 65 million workers in the global energy sector, according to an International Energy Agency (IEA) report that urges a just transition to support the “energy work force of tomorrow”.
Drop Forest Biomass from Renewables Subsidies, EU Leaders Urged
EU parliamentarians are being urged to vote “yes” on a measure that would exclude woody biomass from counting towards renewable energy targets.
UK Nuclear Plan Faces High Costs and Delays, Public Opposition
The incoming British government is committed to building a new generation of nuclear power stations to provide a quarter of the nation’s electricity. But how it is going to happen remains a mystery.
Solar Saves EU €29B in Summer Gas Costs, Set to Surge in Asia
Solar saved the European Union up to €29 billion in gas imports this past summer, and is poised for “exponential growth” across five of Asia’s biggest economies, according to two separate analyses released last week by the UK-based Ember think tank.
Factory in China Boasts World’s Largest Building-Integrated Solar Project
An architectural ceramic factory in China is now the world’s largest building-integrated photovoltaic (BIPV) project, where 665,000 square metres of solar panels built into 11 rooftop applications will provide all the electricity the facility uses.
PM Names Climate Denier as UK Energy Minister, Vows More North Sea Oil and Gas
Newly-installed British Prime Minister Liz Truss appointed a reputed climate change denier to head her energy ministry and vowed to increase North Sea oil and gas drilling in the hours after she took office Tuesday.
Text Message Averts Grid Collapse as California Faces Record Heat
A text message may have saved the California power grid from crashing under the weight of a devastating heat wave Tuesday afternoon.
Opinion: Canada’s Landlords Need Green Incentives
When it comes to getting landlords to retrofit the buildings responsible for up to 18% of Canada’s greenhouse gas emissions, bad incentives are leading to bad outcomes, writes green economy lawyer Marc Z. Goldgrub.
U.S. Clean Grid Needs Speed, Scale, and Supply, Study Finds
Research and development, manufacturing, and infrastructure investment decisions over the next decade will determine how the United States achieves a 100% clean electricity system by 2035, say the authors of a new report that finds multiple pathways to hit the target.
California Votes $54B for Climate Action, Limits Oil Wells Near Homes
A 90% clean power target by 2035, $54 billion in new spending on clean energy and drought resilience, quicker approvals for power grid upgrades and clean energy projects, and a long-awaited phaseout for oil and gas wells near homes and schools are highlights of a climate package adopted last week by the California state assembly.
B.C. Zinc Air Battery Maker Announces First Manufacturing Plant in Upstate New York
Vancouver-based Zinc8 Energy Solutions Inc. has confirmed plans to build its first commercial manufacturing plant—not in Canada, but in the Upstate New York, motivated by production credits under the Biden administration’s newly-adopted climate action plan.
Partnerships Bring Community Solar to Poorer U.S Households
Local partnerships are helping poorer households in the U.S. overcome cost barriers to installing solar panels, making them critical to the Biden administration’s plan to power five million U.S. homes with community solar by 2025.
U.S. Oil Refinery Explosion Triggers Gas Shor Fears in 4 States
A clean energy advocate is questioning the vulnerability of Midwestern U.S. energy supplies after a minor electrical fire at a single oil refinery triggered a fuel supply crisis spanning four states.
Battery Efficiencies Help Prevent Destructive Mining Practices: Lovins
Critical minerals like lithium are key to the clean energy transition, but the mining industry’s problematic treatment of the environment and communities near extraction sites has raised concerns that the energy revolution may usher in its own wave of destruction.
British Energy Bills Will Rise 80% This Winter Amid Energy Crisis
After emerging from brutal July heat waves, the United Kingdom is headed for a harsh winter, with an 80% jump in energy bills expected to strain millions of households and businesses.
Netherlands Wind Farm Wins Over Opponents by Offering Them Shares
One of the Netherlands’ biggest onshore wind farms has responded to initial hostility from nearby residents by inviting them to invest in the project.
Denmark, Germany Announce 3-GW Offshore Wind Hub in Baltic Sea
Denmark will increase its planned offshore wind capacity in the Baltic Sea to three gigawatts and hook it up to the German grid, a step toward weaning Europe off its reliance on Russian gas. When the new capacity is in place in 2030, it should be able to supply electricity to up 4.5 million European homes.
Floods, Droughts, Storms to Bring Canada $139B in Climate Damage Over 30 Years
Floods, droughts, and major storms that wash out highways, damage buildings and affect power grids could cost Canada’s economy C$139 billion over the next 30 years, a new climate-based analysis predicts.
Saskatchewan Prefab Pilot Offers Green Model for Affordable Housing
Using prefabricated materials to build sustainable homes could catch on as a green building practice for affordable housing across Canada, thanks to a pilot project in Regina, Saskatchewan.
Korean Solar Panel Giant to Build $1.8B Manufacturing Plant in U.S.
A South Korean solar cell giant is planning a US$1.8-billion manufacturing facility in the United States, now that President Joe Biden has signed a climate law that includes credits for making solar panels.
Mixed Messages on LNG as Canada, Germany Ink Green Hydrogen Deal
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and German Chancellor Olaf Scholz signed on to a highly-anticipated but non-binding “hydrogen alliance” during a ceremony Tuesday in Stephenville, Newfoundland, capping three days of meetings that delivered new momentum for green energy development but mixed messages on the two countries’ future interest in liquefied natural gas (LNG) development.
Eastern Canada Aims for Clean Energy Hub as 3 Communities Vie for Investment
Canada’s East Coast emerged this week as a hotbed of clean energy investment, with a high-profile green hydrogen announcement in Stephenville, Newfoundland by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and German Chancellor Olaf Scholz augmented—and possibly one-upped—by a new green ammonia project in Nova Scotia and talk of a third production plant in New Brunswick.
Edmonton Expo Centre Launches Canada’s Biggest Solar Rooftop Project
The Edmonton Expo Centre is well under way on a rooftop solar project that will be Canada’s biggest once it’s complete.
With 247 Gigawatts Waiting in Queue, U.S. Climate Plan Could Help Stalled Wind Industry
Three recent reports from the United States Department of Energy (DOE) show the country’s wind industry healthy but struggling to expand, leading to hopes that President Joe Biden’s Inflation Reduction Act (IRA)might change this trajectory.
Rail-Mounted System Could Slash Direct Air Capture Costs, Study Says
A United States start-up is cooking up a plan to mount direct air capture (DAC) technology on trains to remove carbon dioxide from the atmosphere at a much lower cost than stationary systems.
U.S. Beermaker Gives Away Solar Cookers to Prevent Wildfires from Illegal Campfires
A U.S. beermaking behemoth has come up with a unique way to promote one of its brands while also, perhaps, reducing the chances of an illegal campfire starting what could become a devastating wildfire.
Canada Pledges ‘Aggressive’ Hydrogen Target, Clings to Fossil Option as Scholz Visit Begins
An energy pact between Canada and Germany expected to be signed this week in Newfoundland and Labrador will set aggressive timelines and targets for exporting hydrogen to Germany, Natural Resources Minister Jonathan Wilkinson said Friday.
Nova Scotia Approves 5 New Wind Projects, Receives Pitch for Green Hydrogen Plant
Wind and green hydrogen projects saw a sudden wave of interest in Nova Scotia last week, with the province approving 372 megawatts of new Indigenous-owned wind capacity and a private developer seeking a permit for a green hydrogen and ammonia plant on Cape Breton Island.
Gwich’in-Owned Solar Farm in Inuvik to Deliver 1 MW, Cut Carbon, Boost Local Air Quality
A Gwich’in-owned company in Inuvik, Northwest Territories, is building a one-megawatt solar farm that will reduce the community’s greenhouse gas emissions by 380,000 tonnes per year, cut annual energy costs by $1 million, and improve air quality by replacing local diesel generation.
Solar Windows Leap Forward as Supplement to Rooftop Panels
Recognizing opportunity in the ubiquity of large, glass-walled buildings, and of windows in general, researchers and start-ups are working to create a solar window that is as efficient as it is transparent.
Conservationists, Other Experts Raise Flags for Proposed Calgary-to-Banff Passenger Train
Conservation advocates and experts are concerned a proposal for a Calgary-to-Banff passenger train is chugging along without addressing some key environmental issues in and around the national park.
Midwestern U.S. Grid Investment Supports Massive Increase in Renewables
The transmission organization that operates the United States’ largest multi-state grid has greenlighted a US$10.3-billion investment in high-voltage transmission lines to clear bottlenecks that have impeded nearly 100 gigawatts of new solar and wind capacity.
Toronto Housing’s Flagship Green Retrofit to Deliver 70% Drop in Energy Use
As the Toronto Community Housing Corporation embarks on an ambitious retrofit that will benefit its tenants and the climate, residents sweltering in a privately-owned low-income building across town are battling a landlord threatening eviction if they turn on the air-conditioning.
Climate Justice, Energy Transition Take Root in Hurricane-Ravaged Louisiana
In Louisiana—where the impacts of Hurricanes Katrina and Ida are still rippling through communities—a non-profit and a seaport are demonstrating two distinct responses to climate change.
EXCLUSIVE: Hydrogen is Up, Pieridae is Out as German Chancellor Preps for Canada Visit
Prospects for a liquefied natural gas (LNG) export deal from Canada to Germany are close to evaporating as German Chancellor Olaf Scholz prepares for a visit to Montreal, Toronto, and Stephenville, Newfoundland August 21-23, The Energy Mix has learned.
Historic Climate Bill Passes U.S. House, Goes to Biden for Signature
U.S. climate hawks declared victory, Congressional Democrats got credit for a newly pragmatic approach to climate action, community campaigners demanded more ambitious action, and attention shifted to implementation after the U.S. House of Representatives passed the country’s $370-billion climate and clean energy plan and sent it to President Joe Biden’s desk for signature.
Solar On Track for ‘Staggering’ 30% Growth This Year
New solar installations around the world are poised to grow by a “staggering” 30% this year, and the industry can look ahead to double-digit growth each year through 2025, according to a Bloomberg.com analysis that predates the ambitious clean energy provisions in the US$369-billion Inflation Reduction Act adopted by the U.S. Congress last week.
Distributed Energy Gains Ground With Mobile Microgrids, Vehicle-to-Grid Technology
A suite of recent policy and technology advancements is allowing for the growth of distributed energy resources (DERs) in the U.S., with innovative approaches like transportable microgrids and vehicle-to-grid programs gaining momentum.
Global Push for Hydrogen Sidesteps Knowledge Gaps on Climate Impacts
As the global push for a hydrogen economy accelerates, researchers are urging policy-makers to address new knowledge and fill in some profound data gaps, with recent studies revealing the considerable global warming potential of a fuel that many fossils see as their industry’s best hope for a second life.
BREAKING: U.S. Senate Passes Historic $369B Climate Package
After a marathon series of votes that began just before midnight Saturday, the United States Senate adopted a US$369-billion climate and clean energy plan Sunday afternoon, the country’s biggest-ever investment in climate action.
Green Hydrogen Will Cost Less than Fossil-Fuelled ‘Blue’, Shell CEO Admits
The high cost of fossil fuels is making green hydrogen a better bet than the “blue” variety produced from natural gas, Shell CEO Ben van Beurden admitted last week.
China’s Latest Renewables Plan Could Bridge Global 1.5°C Gap, Expert Says
China’s fourteenth five-year plan (14FYP) shows the country could build enough wind and solar capacity to reach its emissions peak ahead of schedule, but continuing coal investments raise doubts.
Solar Shingle Buying Guide Lays Out Options for Curious Homeowners
Homeowners considering rooftop solar to slash their energy bills can turn to a new Forbes guide to solar shingles, listing the biggest names in the market and detailing the pros and cons of solar shingles versus panels.
Koch Network Pressures Manchin, Sinema as Advocates Praise ‘Game Changing’ Climate Deal
Koch-funded Americans for Prosperity turned up the heat on swing-vote senators Joe Manchin and Kyrsten Sinema, a wider network of business groups stepped up to defend the deal, and environmental justice campaigners decried concessions to oil and gas as advocates absorbed the details of the $369.75-billion climate and clean energy package announced last week by Manchin and Senate Majority Leader Charles Schumer.
Ottawa Releases Regulatory ‘Frame’ for Net-Zero Grid by 2035
The Trudeau government has released a proposed frame for new Clean Electricity Regulations (CER) aimed at bringing the grid’s greenhouse gas emissions to net-zero by 2035. Comments on the plan close August 17.
Solar Bolstered Texas Grid Amid High Demand, Expert Says
Solar power is keeping the Texas grid from crashing—despite a sharp increase in energy demand due to record-breaking high temperatures, says an energy expert.
Canadian Construction Giant Expects $800 Million in Solar Project Revenue
Alberta-based PCL Construction’s 2021 solar construction revenue increased 60% over the previous year, totalling more than half a billion dollars. By the end of 2022, the company expects solar revenue to hit just under $800 million.
BREAKING: Senate Democrats Finalize Biggest Climate Spend in U.S. History as Schumer, Manchin Outfox McConnell
The United States is back on the cusp of the biggest climate investment in its history after Senate Majority Leader Charles Schumer (D-NY) and coal state Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) agreed to a US$370-billion climate and clean energy package, ending months of negotiations on what one elated advocate called the “best-kept secret in Washington”.
Trudeau Announces $255M for Nova Scotia Wind, Battery Projects, Keeps LNG Option Open
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau was in Nova Scotia last Thursday to promise green energy funds for the province, but he also said the idea of upgraded facilities to help ship liquefied natural gas (LNG) to Europe in the “very short term” is back on the table.
Offshore Wind Farms Could Be Boon for Marine Biodiversity
Offshore wind proponents are exploring “turbine reefs”—coral habitats planted on wind turbine bases—as a solution to the intersecting crises of climate change and biodiversity loss.
Shell Announces Massive Green Hydrogen Plant to Power Rotterdam Oil Refinery
Shell has revealed plans to build a 200-megawatt renewable hydrogen plant in the Netherlands—and to use that green fuel to power its production of petrol, diesel, and jet fuel—as the company continues to invest heavily in oil and gas development worldwide.
India Sees Renewables Boom Amid Global Energy Crisis
Rising clean energy investments and an expanding offshore wind sector are pointing toward a new renewable energy boom in India, as the falling cost of clean technologies paired with the global energy crisis siphons investment away from fossil fuels.
AMERICAN CLIMATE FAILURE: Time for ‘Beast Mode’ as Manchin Torpedoes Biden Clean Energy Package
Millionaire coal baron Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) played his final card and the White House conceded defeat on ambitious U.S. climate legislation, after the renegade senator declared he wouldn’t support any climate or energy provisions in President Joe Biden’s signature clean energy package.
Hundreds Dead From Heat as Extreme Temperatures Scorch North Africa, Asia, Europe, China
Hundreds are dead from heat-related causes, tens of thousands are displaced by raging wildfires, and global food security is yet further threatened as vast swathes of western Europe, North Africa, and China continue to suffer in the grip of lethal heat.
Solar, Wind Come In Cheaper than Coal, Save $82B in Fossil Fuel Costs
New wind and solar projects saved countries US$82 billion in fossil fuel costs and will continue to provide badly-needed relief from rising electricity bills, the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) concludes in a report issued last Thursday.
Newfoundland Wind Farm Would Power Coastal Green Hydrogen Plant
An environmental assessment for a one-gigawatt, 164-turbine wind farm/green hydrogen and ammonia park in rural Newfoundland is generating local concern about potential habitat impacts, while picking up some high-powered support for the community benefits the project would bring.
U.S. Utility Seeks Suppliers for 5,000 Megawatts of Carbon-Free Power
The United States’ largest public utility has issued a request for 5,000 megawatts of carbon-free energy before 2029—weeks after it was directed to reconsider plans for converting a retiring coal plant to a natural gas facility.
Europe’s Fast Pivot to Renewables Means No Long-Term Need for LNG
The European Union’s need for natural gas will peak in about three years and begin declining before any new, fixed liquefied natural gas (LNG) terminals can be brought online, and EU countries are deliberately trying to avoid the kind of long-term supply contracts that Canadian gas producers are looking for, a UK-based fossil fuel specialist says.
U.S. Congressional Staffers Push Pelosi, Schumer for Fast Climate Action
In what CNN is calling a “rare move”, more than 200 U.S. congressional staffers have written to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Charles Schumer demanding fast action on climate change and clean energy.
No Need for ‘Miracle Technologies’ to Rapidly Decarbonize Energy: Jacobson
Most of the world can switch to renewable energy without destabilizing power grids, at low cost, and relying almost entirely on existing technologies, according to a new Stanford University study.
U.S. Drops Tariff on Canadian-Made Solar Products
Donald Trump’s tariffs on Canadian-made solar products will be scrapped, after Canada, the United States and Mexico reached a deal at trade talks in Vancouver last week.
‘Remarkable’ New Contract Award Adds 10 GW of Renewables to UK Grid
The United Kingdom will add 10 gigawatts (GW) of renewable energy capacity to its power grid at one-quarter the cost of fossil gas after concluding its biggest-ever auction for new renewable supplies.
U.S. Could Slash Inflation, Double Renewables with Better Grid Technologies
The electricity system regulator in the United States could help slash inflation and double the country’s renewable energy supply by encouraging technologies to reduce the “absurd” 3.5-year wait times delaying interconnections between regional power systems, the Rocky Mountain Institute argues in a new analysis.
Puerto Rico Claims World’s Biggest Battery-Based Power Plant as LNG Development Grinds On
The Solar and Energy Storage Association of Puerto Rico is claiming a victory for grid resilience after the Caribbean island installed thousands of solar batteries in the wake of a devastating hurricane in 2017. But liquefied natural gas is still very much on the agenda for the local utility.
California Weighs Fossil-Fuelled Electricity to Confront Climate-Driven Heat Waves
Looking to avoid power blackouts, California may turn to the one energy source it’s otherwise desperate to get rid of: fossil fuels.
BREAKING: No Public Finance for East Coast LNG Projects, Wilkinson Says
There will be no federal financing for two companies vying to export Canadian liquefied natural gas (LNG) to Europe from terminals on the East Coast, Natural Resources Minister Jonathan Wilkinson said in a recent interview with the Globe and Mail.
Ex-Fossil Workers Convert Old Oilfields to Solar Farms After ‘Rapid Upskilling’ in Alberta
A group of 15 trainees will be heading out into the field to begin converting two Alberta oilfield sites into solar farms, after graduating from a rapid upskilling program for fossil industry and Indigenous workers hosted by Iron & Earth and Medicine Hat College.
G7 Miss ‘Golden Opportunity’, Walk Back Pledge to Cut International Fossil Finance
G7 leaders meeting in Bavaria this week affirmed their rhetorical commitment to climate action but walked back a month-old promise to swiftly end public investment in overseas fossil fuel projects as they sought to grapple with the energy crisis brought on by Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.
Global Offshore Wind Pipeline Doubles to 846 Gigawatts
The inventory of offshore wind projects in development or under production has nearly doubled in the last year, to an astonishing 846 gigawatts, according to the latest market intelligence data report from RenewableUK.
U.S. Renewables Industries Scramble to Reuse, Recycle Before Waste Volumes Skyrocket
There’s a categorical difference between the raw materials of the clean energy economy and those from fossil fuels, writes Canary Media. But to be considered truly sustainable, renewable industries need to restructure to allow their products to be recycled at the end of their lives.
Clean Energy Investment to Exceed $1.4T This Year, Still Falls Short of Climate Goals: IEA
Global clean energy investment is on track to exceed US$1.4 trillion this year, representing “an important step in the right direction” that nevertheless falls “well short of what is required to hit international climate goals,” the International Energy Agency (IEA) concludes in its annual World Energy Investment 2022 report released yesterday.
Critical Minerals, Hydrogen Lead Ottawa’s Low-Carbon Industry Strategy
Critical mineral infrastructure and hydrogen production are two of the centrepieces of a new industrial strategy for natural resources unveiled Monday by Natural Resources Minister Jonathan Wilkinson.
China Has 9 Times the Wind, Solar Potential It Needs for Carbon Neutrality
China’s wind and solar potential is a whopping nine times what it would need to become carbon-neutral, according to new research conducted to help policy-makers figure out whether they can expand the two technologies from combined capacity of 630 gigawatts to a target of 1,200 GW by the end of the decade.
Countries Pledge Faster Action on Methane, Cleantech, ZEV’s, Food Security at Biden Climate Forum
Countries accounting for about 80% of the world’s greenhouse gas emissions and economic output made new promises on methane controls, clean energy technology demonstrations, zero-emission vehicles, food security and agriculture emissions, and green shipping at a Major Economies Forum on Energy and Climate convened by U.S. President Joe Biden June 17.
Ottawa Launches $40,000 Loan for Home Energy Retrofits
Ottawa has launched the first phase of its plan to offer interest-free loans to Canadians planning upgrades that will have a significant impact in reducing their homes’ environmental footprint.
Germany Uses Offshore Wind to Stabilize Grid
Germany is turning to offshore wind power to stabilize grid fluctuations for the first time, in what’s being called a “milestone” for the country’s energy transition.
BREAKING: Energy Transition ‘Not Happening’ as Fossil Subsidies Fuel Historic Missed Opportunity
The countries of the world missed an “historic chance for a clean energy recovery” from the COVID-19 pandemic and saw renewable energy stagnate due to a surge of fossil fuel subsidies last year, the REN 21 Secretariat reports this morning in its Renewables 2022 Global Status Report.
Civilian Climate Corps Delivers Green Jobs, Training to Avert New York Gun Violence
BlocPower’s Civilian Climate Corps provides paid, on-the-job training to New Yorkers who live in neighbourhoods with high rates of gun violence, aiming to start them on their way to a career in the city’s fast-growing green construction and clean energy trades.
Storage Can Deliver Carbon-Free U.S. Grid, MIT Study Finds
Deploying different energy storage technologies can optimize the use of increasing but intermittent renewable energy sources and enable the United States to fully shift off fossil-fuelled generation systems by mid-century, a Massachusetts Institute of Technology Energy Initiative (MITEI) study concludes.
Ukraine Signs Deal to Buy LNG, Green Hydrogen from Quebec
Ukrainian state oil and gas company Naftogaz has announced a deal to buy liquefied natural gas (LNG) and green hydrogen from Quebec, beginning in just five years.
‘Surge of Investment’ Brings Record Growth to Alberta Renewables Market
Unprecedented growth in Alberta’s renewable energy sector signifies a vital shift in the province’s energy economy, says the Pembina Institute, but another expert notes that Alberta’s power market also needs to be fixed—so that consumers aren’t overcharged for new grid infrastructure in the renewables boom.
EU Needs 400 GW of Solar and Wind Per Year to Hit 1.5°C, Study Says
The European Union’s plan to hit carbon neutrality by 2050 and support a 1.5°C limit on average global warming will require the continent to install 400 gigawatts of new solar and wind per year between 2025 and 2035, ramp up hydrogen production, and develop viable carbon capture technology, concludes a recent study by an energy systems specialist at Aarhus University in Denmark.
Unique ‘Smartflower’ Microgrid to Power Saskatchewan High School
Flower power of a different kind—a flower-shaped solar-powered microgrid, to be precise—stands ready to power a Saskatoon high school, and inspire its students.
Wind Farms Boost Incomes, Home Values in Rural U.S., Study Finds
A new study dispels concerns that new wind farms will harm communities by lowering property values, showing that the facilities actually raise incomes and home prices in the rural United States.
SOLAR GAIN: Biden Announces Tariff Relief for Imported Panels, New Supports for Domestic Manufacturing
U.S. President Joe Biden has announced a two-year pause on a controversial tariff that was hobbling his country’s solar panel installation industry and imperiling his administration’s 2035 clean energy goal.
Projects Push Renewables Ahead on Canada’s East, West Coasts
Canada’s shift to local renewables is in full swing from coast to coast, with Indigenous-owned hydroelectric and heat pump projects afoot in British Columbia, a 21-megawatt solar and storage project under way in Prince Edward Island, and new wind turbines coming to New Brunswick.
Cambridge Engineers Claim World’s First Zero-Emissions Cement
Three Cambridge engineers have filed to patent the world’s first emissions-free cement recycling process.
Scientists, Politicians Debate Ethics of ‘Climate Tinkering’
Tinkering with the planet’s air to cool Earth’s ever-warming climate is inching close enough to reality that two different high-powered groups—one consisting of scientists, the other involving former world leaders including former Canadian prime minister Kim Campbell—are trying to come up with ethics and governing guidelines.
‘Geometric Innovation’ Has Fastest-Growing Green Companies Drawing More Investment
A lithium-ion battery recycler, a deep geothermal developer, an electric bus manufacturer, and start-ups working on energy storage, fuel cell, electrolyzer, carbon capture, and desalination technologies are among the fastest-growing green companies in Canada, according to the Future 50 list release last week by Corporate Knights.
‘Big Wake-Up Call’ as Energy Crisis Makes Fossil Hydrogen a Bad Investment
The current energy crisis is making “blue” hydrogen derived from natural gas with carbon capture even more impractical than it already was, raising broader questions about the use of gas to produce electricity, a new analysis concludes.
California Drought Raises Tensions As Water Scarcity Drives Unprecedented Measures
California’s unrelenting drought is straining the state’s resources and inflaming tensions in the legislature, as crucial drought relief policies and action are delayed by competing priorities like the pandemic, homelessness, and wildfires.
Calgary Introduces $87B Net-Zero Strategy
Calgary city staff have unveiled an $87-billion climate plan to achieve net-zero emissions by 2050, deliver $80 billion in energy savings, and generate $60 billion in gross domestic product (GDP) by mid-century.
New U.S. Bill Could Spur Heat Pump Uptake, Speed Up Decarbonization
The recently-proposed HEATR Act could accelerate heat pump adoption in the United States, deliver cost savings for consumers, and attract support from both sides of the aisle, say two commentators from opposite sides of the country’s fraught political spectrum.
Sheep Grazed Under Solar Panels Produce Better Fleece in Australian Pilot
A trial of sheep grazing under solar panels in New South Wales could lead to further research, after local graziers claimed that panel-bedecked pastures better sustained feed supplies through drought and improved the wool quality of their flocks.
‘Modern-Day Gold Rush’ to Floating Offshore Wind Could Drive California Toward 85% Clean Power by 2030
California is gaining pace on its clean energy targets, with five leases for a combined 380,000 acres of floating offshore wind development a step closer to being auctioned. The most populous state in the United States could serve as a “guiding light” in the energy transition, with research estimating that California could achieve 85% clean electricity by the end of the decade.
Ford’s ‘Lack of Foresight’ Costs Windsor $2.5B Battery Plant Investment, 1,000 Jobs
With the provincial election just days away, a business group in Windsor is blaming the Ford government’s hostility to renewable energy for the loss of a C$2.5-billion investment from South Korean chemical giant LG Chem.
Energy Shortages, Searing Heat to Produce Widespread Blackouts This Summer
A lethal combination of energy shortages and searing heat is poised to generate enormous suffering in many parts of the world this summer, especially for the poor, the elderly, and those living in Asia, southern Africa, eastern Europe, and the American Midwest.
U.S. Ambassador Draws Alberta’s Ire by Favouring ‘Cleaner Energy’
The Biden administration has become the latest target of the Alberta government’s enduring sense of grievance, after Ambassador David Cohen declared a “return to civility” following the Trump years but expressed skepticism about increasing his country’s imports of Canadian oil and gas.
New Solar Plant in Georgia to Create 470 Jobs
A South Korean solar panel maker announced last Thursday that it will expand its presence in Georgia, building a new US$171-million plant next to an existing factory in Dalton.
Canada Can Hit 100% Zero-Emission Electricity by 2035 Without Nuclear, CCS, Report Finds
Canada can achieve 100% zero-emission electricity by 2035 with an electricity system that prioritizes renewable energy, storage, energy efficiency, and interprovincial transmission and avoids the pitfalls of nuclear generation, fossil gas, carbon capture and storage, and carbon offsets, the David Suzuki Foundation (DSF) concludes in a modelling study released this week.
Australia’s Climate Election: Voters Kick Morrison to the Curb
If Australia’s 2019 federal election was about coal and preserving coal jobs, the 2022 campaign was about acting on climate change and addressing integrity and corruption issues at the federal level. This is the essential message from Australia’s complicated federal election result May 21, writes climate campaigner and citizen journalist John Englart.
Economic Opportunity, ‘Freedom’ Drive Red State Buy-In for Renewables
Invoking economic opportunity while avoiding language that conjures reduced choice or increased regulation—including the polarizing term ‘climate change’—is a key strategy to get renewable power projects approved in Republican states, say the authors of a new study.
‘Wet Farming’ Essential to Restore Peatlands, Keep Warming Below 2°C
Across the globe, peatlands are under threat and their destruction is contributing to climate change. In Canada, Europe, and the tropics, peatlands are being drained for urban, suburban, and infrastructure expansion, converted to dryland agriculture, and mined for fuel and the horticulture industry, researchers Rafael Ziegler, Magali Simard, Rahma Eldeeb write for The Conversation.
Power Sector Giants Promote ‘Fair, Just Transition to Net-Zero’
A collection of power sector suppliers from around the world has introduced a Powering Net Zero Pact to “promote a fair and just transition” to reduce emissions.
UK Activists Block Russian Oil Tanker From Docking in Essex
Police in the United Kingdom arrested 15 Greenpeace activists on Monday after they blocked a Russian tanker from docking in Essex. The campaigners said the tanker contained diesel fuel worth US$36.5 million that would fund Russia’s war in Ukraine.
Floating Tidal Project Linked to Nova Scotia Grid in Canadian First
A floating tidal energy project in the Bay of Fundy has been successfully connected to Nova Scotia’s grid, an undertaking that marks a milestone for Canada’s marine energy ambitions, say proponents, as the bay’s tidal resources could be harnessed for thousands of megawatts of clean energy in the future.
EXCLUSIVE: Bid to Revive Doomed Nova Scotia LNG Project Collides with Germany’s Net-Zero Plans
The Trudeau government is talking up prospects for a new gas export deal to Germany involving a project that has already been proposed and withdrawn, a gas field in the Alberta foothills that has drawn scrutiny from provincial regulators, a financing scheme that will likely need federal backing to succeed, a route that may need U.S. regulatory approval, and a timeline that will likely be cut short by Europe’s rapid decarbonization plans, The Energy Mix has learned.
Distributed Energy Matches New Gas Capacity in the U.S., Lags in Canada
As distributed solar that put the technology closer to consumers, rather than at a centralized generating station, gains serious ground in the United States, distributed energy resources (DERs) are running into barriers in Canada, especially in Ontario.
Canadian Solar Announces Probe into Forced Labour Allegations
Canadian Solar Inc. has announced an investigation to determine whether any workers at its photovoltaic plant in China’s Xinjiang region were hired against their will, though the company claimed in the past it would be impossible to determine if its supply chain used forced labour.
Ontario Power Emissions to Rise 400% After Ford Cancels Hundreds of Renewables Projects
Greenhouse gas emissions from Ontario’s electricity system are set to increase more than 400% over the next two decades after the Doug Ford government cancelled a major wind farm and 758 smaller renewable energy projects, according to a forecast published by the province’s Independent Electricity System Operator and reported by the Toronto Star.
IEA Predicts Record Renewable Energy Expansion for 2022
New renewable energy capacity will exceed 300 gigawatts this year for the first time, with mounting concerns about climate change and energy security driving an 8% increase over 2021 despite rising costs and supply chain bottlenecks, the International Energy Agency (IEA) reports this week in its annual renewables market update.
Two Washington, DC Public Schools Aim for Net-Zero Emissions
Climate change and social equity were both on the curriculum for the designers and builders of two new purpose-built schools in Washington, DC.
U.S. Utilities Warn of Hazards, Rolling Blackouts as Heat Waves Increase Demand
Utilities across several states are warning of rolling blackouts caused by electricity shortages, as the United States braces itself for a summer of record-breaking heat waves that will drive up energy demand.
Shift from Meat to Microbial Protein Could Cut Deforestation, Emissions by Half, Study Finds
Substituting meat from cattle and other ruminants with microbial protein grown in bioreactors could greatly reduce deforestation and emissions from global meat consumption by mid-century, according to a study in the journal Nature.
Europe to Reach 142 GW of Electrolyzer Capacity by 2030
Europe will have 142 GW of electrolyzer projects operational by 2030, according to one estimate.
Renewables Supply 83.8% of Grid Power on Sunday Afternoon in Australia
Renewable energy delivered a record 83.8% of electricity demand in the Australian state of Victoria in the early afternoon of Easter Sunday, April 17, according to the NEMLog data collection site.
Start-Ups Explore New Possibilities for Energy Storage
With the shift to renewable energy dependent on at least 100 times energy storage more by 2040, according to one estimate, engineers and material scientists the world over are working feverishly to come up with solutions.
Masdar, Kyrgyzstan Sign Deal for 1 GW of New Renewables
Masdar has signed an agreement to build up to a gigawatt of new renewable energy projects in Kyrgyzstan.
North Carolina Citizen Groups Decry Bad Bet on Bioenergy
North Carolina is making a bad bet on biogas and biomass projects that contaminate the environment, raise environmental justice concerns, and “crowd out real clean energy solutions,” Inside Climate News reports in a recent exposé.
Quebec Steel Plant Completes Successful Green Hydrogen Test
Steel and mining multinational ArcelorMittal SA conducted a first, successful test of green hydrogen for the direct reduced iron (DRI) process at its plant in Contrecoeur, Quebec, the company announced last week.
Innovative French System Combines PV Panels with Green Space
A new photovoltaic (PV) system designed by French company Ecovégétal increases energy yields by up to 10% by combining solar power generation with urban agriculture.
Montreal Sets Zero-Emission Target for All New Buildings by 2025
Montreal will mandate a zero-emission standard for all new construction beginning in 2025, Mayor Valérie Plante announced Tuesday.
Canada Risks Brownouts Without ‘Bigger, Cleaner, Smarter’ Grid by 2050
Canada’s electricity system will have to get bigger, cleaner, and smarter to help power the country’s net-zero transition, the Canadian Climate Institute concludes in a collection of three reports issued Wednesday.
Climate Pledges Emerge as Ontario Party Platforms Roll Out
With the Ontario election under way and party platforms rolling out, there aren’t very many dramatic differences among the climate and environment commitments from the three provincial opposition parties, a compendium released by 13 environmental organizations shows.
Wind Industry Faces ‘Colossal Market Failure’ Under Strain of Ukraine War
The clean energy transition stands to suffer a major blow as wind turbine manufacturers struggle to maintain profitability due to vanishing subsidies, high materials costs, and supply chain issues worsened by the war in Ukraine.
Major Japanese Railway Completes Shift to 100% Renewables
Tokyu Railways in Japan has begun using only renewable power sources for train and station operation along its sprawling route between Tokyo and Yokohama, producing carbon dioxide reductions that it says are equivalent to the annual average emissions of 56,000 Japanese households.
Minnesota Utility to Replace State’s Biggest Coal Plant with Solar
Amid growing climate concerns and the falling price of renewables, Minnesota utility Xcel Energy is planning to replace the state’s largest coal plant—the Sherburne County Generating Station, known as Sherco—with solar arrays.
Drought-Stricken Las Vegas Goes to Plan B as Lake Mead Water Intake Becomes Visible
A massive drought-starved reservoir on the Colorado River has become so depleted that Las Vegas now is pumping water from deeper within Lake Mead where other states downstream don’t have access.
Australian Suburb Connects Community Battery to Rooftop Solar
As an example of what some see as a key piece of the transition to clean energy, a community battery in a Perth, Australia, suburb won over some of the community’s residents by storing electricity from rooftop solar panels to distribute back to the grid.
India Must Accelerate Renewables to Achieve 2030 Goal
India enjoyed a record year for new renewable energy capacity in 2020-21, at 13.5 gigawatts, but is still far off the momentum it needs to hit national targets.
Mitrex to Install North America’s Biggest Building-Integrated PV System at Halifax Student Residence
Etobicoke-based Mitrex Integrated Solar Technology has signed on to install North America’s biggest building-integrated photovoltaic (BIPV) system, at a student residence at St. Mary’s University in Halifax.
‘Tail Wags the Dog’ as BC Hydro Accused of Ignoring Habitat Conservation Duties
BC Hydro is falling short of its obligations to fund habitat conservation under the Fish & Wildlife Compensation Program, according to a brief from the B.C. Wildlife Federation and the University of Victoria Environmental Law Centre that asks the provincial auditor general to look into the matter.
California Grid Briefly Peaks at 97% Renewable
California generated 97% of its electricity from renewable energy sources on a Sunday afternoon last month.
Washington State Mandates Heat Pumps for Commercial, Multi-Family Buildings
Most new commercial and large multi-family buildings in Washington must install heat pumps under provisions of a revised energy code.
New Research Shows Higher Methane Emissions from Hydropower
A growing body of research published over the past two decades has found that most reservoirs, including those used for hydropower, aren’t emissions-free. Despite the green reputation of hydropower among policy-makers, some reservoirs emit significant amounts of methane, along with much smaller amounts of nitrous oxide and carbon dioxide.
World’s Biggest Solar+Storage Project Will Produce 20 GW, Offset 480 Million Tonnes of Emissions
The world’s biggest solar+storage project is expected to include 20 gigawatts of solar capacity and 42 gigawatt-hours of battery capacity, enough to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 480 million tonnes per year, according to environmental impact documents filed last week with an Australian regulator.
Overwhelming Homeowner Interest Fills Edmonton Home Retrofit Pilot in 48 Hours
The pilot stage of Edmonton’s Clean Energy Improvement Program was fully subscribed within 48 hours of its launch at the end of March, as homeowners raced to benefit from the promise of low-cost financing for climate-friendly improvements like solar panels and insulation upgrades.
Oil Peaks by 2025, Renewables Become ‘New Baseload’ by 2030 in Latest McKinsey Analysis
Oil demand could peak by 2025 as the global energy transition gains momentum, and renewable energy is on track to become “the new baseload” by 2030, according to this year’s edition of the Global Energy Perspective report issued by McKinsey & Partners.
Florida Governor Vetoes Effort to Slash Utility Payments for Rooftop Solar
Florida Governor Ron DeSantis has unexpectedly vetoed a bill that would have slashed the rates that utilities have to pay rooftop solar owners who sell their surplus power back to the grid, a move that would have devastated the solar industry in the U.S. jurisdiction known as the Sunshine State.
Montem’s Switch From Coal to Renewables Has Alberta Advocates On Alert
South Melbourne, Australia-based Montem Resources has announced plans to pursue a renewable energy project at its Tent Mountain site in Alberta’s Crowsnest Pass instead of its planned coal mine, but some environmental advocates remain suspicious of the company’s plans.
Time to Reinvent the Idea of Energy Efficiency, European Expert Says
Energy efficiency—using less energy to accomplish the same output—has long been championed as an effective way to cut emissions/ But the climate crisis now demands a carbon-cutting strategy where fuel conversion, not conservation, takes top priority, says an expert.
MISO Sees $10.4B in New Transmission Supporting 53 GW of New Renewables
The Midcontinent Independent System Operator is checking in with stakeholders on a plan to invest US$10.4 billion in new transmission that would enable as much as 53 gigawatts of new wind, solar, hybrid, and stand-alone battery storage capacity.
Solar Begins to Emerge in Coal-Friendly West Virginia
In a U.S. state where coal is still king, solar energy is beginning to come on strong, as West Virginia gradually begins to prepare itself for the transition off fossil fuels.
‘Overly Optimistic’ Hydrogen Target Sows Doubt on Canada’s 2030 Climate Plan, Environment Commissioner Warns
Canada’s latest climate plan makes “overly optimistic” about the role of hydrogen, fails to map out a just transition for fossil fuel workers and communities, relies on “aspirational numbers” for carbon capture and storage technology, and may ultimately fall short of the country’s 2030 emission reduction target, Environment and Sustainable Development Commissioner Jerry DeMarco warned Tuesday.
‘Staggering’ List of U.S. Project Proposals Makes 2020s the Decade of Renewables+Storage
America’s electric power system is undergoing radical change as it transitions from fossil fuels to renewable energy. While the first decade of the 2000s saw huge growth in natural gas generation, and the 2010s were the decade of wind and solar, early signs suggest the innovation of the 2020s may be a boom in “hybrid” power plants.
125 Ontario Groups Target Provincial Election Candidates with Emergency Climate Campaign
Binding, science-based climate targets, respect for Indigenous sovereignty, and investment in a “thriving, regenerative, zero-emissions economy” are the top demands from more than 125 organizations that were scheduled to launch the Ontario Climate Emergency Campaign at the provincial legislature later today.
U.S. Scraps Incandescent Bulbs, Cuts 222 Megatonnes of Emissions Over 30 Years
The Biden administration is scrapping old-fashioned incandescent light bulbs, speeding an ongoing trend toward more efficient lighting that officials say will save households, schools, and businesses billions of dollars a year.
Canada to Add 5.5 GW of Solar and Wind in 2022
Canada is on track to add 5.5 gigawatts of new solar and wind capacity this year, most of it in Alberta, according to S&P Global Market Intelligence.
Bountiful Wind, Sun Boost German Renewable Power
Germany produced 25% more electricity from wind and solar in the first quarter of this year as a result of unusually windy and sunny weather, when compared with the first three months of last year.
Vattenfall Starts Installation on World’s Biggest Subsidy-Free Wind Farm
Swedish state power company Vattenfall is beginning installation on the world’s biggest subsidy-free wind farm, the 1.5 GW Hollandse Kust Zuid wind farm in the Dutch North Sea.
‘Positively Electrifying’ Renewable Power Buy Will Be Quebec’s Biggest Ever
Quebec will issue two new requests for proposals for 2,300 megawatts of new wind and other renewable energy capacity, Premier François Legault announced last week during a visit to the province’s Gaspé region.
Ontario Expands Solar Net Metering as Electricity Shortage Looms
With pre-election announcements in full swing ahead of a June 2 vote, Ontario has shifted its net metering regulations to make it easier for homeowners, farms, and businesses to generate income from rooftop solar or other renewable energy systems by selling surplus electricity back to the grid.
U.S. Sees Drop in Gas-Fired Power Production
Natural gas-fired power generation in the United States peaked in 2020, and it will continue to fall as it competes with increasingly affordable wind and solar capacity, according to analysts who say renewables’ growth is being “supercharged” by rising fossil fuel costs and disruptions in energy security.
Speed Up Energy Transition, End Fossil Subsidies to Counter Russia’s Invasion, Asset Owners Urge
Countries must accelerate their transition off fossil fuels, not abandon urgent climate action, as they scramble to replace oil and gas supplies from Russia in response to the war in Ukraine, the steering group of the Net-Zero Asset Owners Alliance declared earlier this month.
Michigan Utility to Phase Out Coal by 2025, 15 Years Early, Install 8 GW of Solar by 2040
Michigan’s biggest energy supplier will phase out coal in 2025, 15 years ahead of its original schedule, embrace low-carbon electricity options, and donate to a fund for low-income utility customers under a proposed settlement with Attorney General Dana Nessel.
Wind Surpasses Both Coal and Nuclear in U.S. First
A late March day saw wind power generate more electricity in the United States than either coal or nuclear, for the first time on record.
It’s A Bird! It’s A Helicopter! It’s a Flying Battery! as Zero-Emission Cargo Plane Takes Off
A diminutive, battery-powered cargo plane that looks like a cross between an Arctic tern and a helicopter is being built in Vermont, backed by the likes of Amazon and the United States military.
Macron Pledges Fossil Phaseout as Climate, Energy Security Enter French Presidential Election
Climate and energy are on the ballot in France’s run-off election for president, as incumbent Emmanuel Macron and the far-right’s Marine Le Pen court the 7.7 million voters who supported far-left candidate Jean-Luc Mélenchon in the first round.
Ukraine Receives Two Solar Microgrids for Emergency Support
In the early hours of Russia’s Ukraine invasion, two American non-profits devised a plan to send solar microgrids to a Ukrainian hospital and emergency power equipment to a refugee camp, sparking an energy transition as the devastation of war caused power outages across the country.
Three New Wind Farms to Add 1.2 GW in Quebec
The Seigneurie de Beaupré region northeast of Quebec City is in line to add three new wind farms totalling 1.2 gigawatts of capacity under a deal announced yesterday by renewable energy developer Boralex, Hydro-Québec, and Énergir, the gas distribution company formerly known as Gaz Métro.
Weak Ontario Hydrogen Strategy Mirrors Industry Wish List
The Ontario government’s new hydrogen strategy reflects a “lobbyist feeding frenzy” and lacks “evidence, analysis, and critical thought,” says a climate policy expert.
Germany Unveils Ambitious Plan for Nearly 100% Renewable Energy by 2035
Germany’s energy security and climate policies leapt forward in a recently-announced Easter Package that outlines ambitious transition targets as the country struggles to unyoke itself from Russian oil.
Analysis: Ontario Sabotages Ottawa’s 2030 Emissions Plan
One of the biggest gaps in the federal government’s long-awaited Emissions Reduction Plan (ERP) is a reality the Trudeau government has no ability to control: its ability to deliver as promised depends on a provincial government in Ontario that has no intention of playing its part.
Alberta Coal Company Mulls Shift to Green Hydrogen
A company hoping to develop coal in Alberta’s Rocky Mountains says it will decide by the end of June whether to convert its open-pit mine proposal into a renewable energy project.
Post-Carbon Economy Will Still Need Energy Efficiency, Analysis Shows
A new study reconsiders energy efficiency as distinct from its carbon reduction potential and finds that it will still play a critical role in a successful transition to a zero-carbon economy.
UK Energy Plan Boosts Nuclear and Offshore Oil, Ignores Cheapest Paths to Cutting Carbon
Plans to build a up to eight giant new nuclear reactors plus a raft of small modular reactors as part of the new energy strategy announced yesterday by the British government were met with outrage by environmentalists and scientists.
Ottawa Issues ‘Slap in the Face’ to Climate Science, Approves Bay du Nord Offshore Oil Megaproject
The federal cabinet administered what one critic called a “slap in the face” to climate science with a decision today to approve the massive Bay du Nord oil and gas megaproject off the Newfoundland coast.
Suncor Drops Solar and Wind Assets to Focus on Hydrogen, Biofuels, CCS
On the very same day that the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) released its “now or never” plea to slam the brakes on carbon, Calgary-based Suncor Energy ditched its solar and wind assets—aiming instead to keep the combustion engine alive with hydrogen, biofuels, and carbon capture and storage (CCS) tech.
‘Nation-Building’ Development of East-West Grid Will Enable Renewables, Cost Billions
A price tag in the tens or hundreds of billions of dollars, and a project scope akin to that of the construction of the Canadian Pacific Railway in the 1800s. That’s the scale of the massive investment in Canada’s electricity grid that experts say will be required in the near future, as the phaseout of fossil-fired power generation combined with a rapid increase in demand for electricity puts never-before-seen demands on this country’s electrical grid.
TransAlta Signs Deal with Facebook for 200-MW Oklahoma Wind Farm
Calgary-based electricity company TransAlta Corporation says it has signed a deal with Meta, under which the tech behemoth formerly known as Facebook will buy power generated at its new 200-megawatt wind farm in Oklahoma.
‘Terrifying’ IPCC Report Chronicles ‘Fast Track to Climate Disaster’, Shows Narrowed Path to 1.5°C
With the options for holding global warming to 1.5°C quickly closing, countries must immediately phase down fossil fuel production, embrace low-carbon technologies that are already practical and affordable, mobilize citizens around the benefits of decarbonization, and increase low-carbon financing three- to six-fold, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) concludes in a 2,913-page report released yesterday.
Slam Brakes on Carbon to Avert ‘Humanity’s Biggest Emergency’, IPCC Observers Urge
Monday’s climate mitigation report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) shows it’s still possible to hold global warming to 1.5°C, with little or no overshoot and no reliance on speculative carbon dioxide removal technologies—but only with much faster government action and a sixfold increase in annual funding for solutions that work.
Pathways to 1.5°C Still Possible, But Only with Steep GHG Cuts, IPCC Concludes
The IPCC’s message on mitigation offers encouragement but leaves no room for any possible complacency: the evidence shows that humanity could contain global warming to no more than 1.5°C above the long-term average for most of human history, but only with rapid, deep reductions in the greenhouse gas emissions driving the climate emergency.
RETHINKING DEMAND: Tackling Consumption Can Deliver 40-70% Cut in End Use Emissions
For the first time in the UN agency’s 34-year history, yesterday’s massive report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) introduces the language of “demand-side” action to the field of climate mitigation, with potential to reduce emissions by 40 to 70% in the places where people live, work, learn, and play.
ENERGY: IPCC Highlights Plummeting Cost of Solar, Batteries, Wind
The cost of electricity from renewables and batteries to store the energy they produce have come down so dramatically in last five years that they are out-competing fossil fuels in most places on the planet, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) concludes in its climate mitigation report released yesterday.
TRANSPORT: Sector Needs Major Overhaul to Meet Climate Targets, Says IPCC
If global warming is to be limited to 1.5°C by 2050, the world’s transport emissions need to fall by 59% from 2020 levels, says the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), calling for “transformative” changes in the sector in its latest mitigation report.
INDUSTRY: Report Cites Electrification, Demand Reduction as Net-Zero Strategies
Greenhouse gas emissions from heavy industry have grown faster since 2000 than emissions from any other sector, and reducing them will be a challenge that requires coordinated action on all mitigation options, according to yesterday’s report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.
Provincial Energy Efficiency Programs Fail to Tackle Energy Poverty, New Analysis Warns
Provincial and territorial energy efficiency programs are failing to reach the 20% of Canadians who are struggling to cover their home energy costs, but federal investment can stop those households from being left behind in the push for net-zero emissions, Efficiency Canada says in a new report.
Multi-State Partnership Paves the Way for U.S. Green Hydrogen Hub
A new multi-state consortium led by New York is forming partnerships with a group of 40 clean power companies, utilities, and universities to curb emissions by developing a regional clean energy hydrogen hub.
Torrid Annual Growth Puts Wind, Solar On Track to Meet Climate Goals
Sustaining the current 20% compound annual growth rate of solar and wind out to 2030 will keep hopes of limiting global heating to 1.5°C very much alive, says the UK-based non-profit Ember in its third annual global electricity review.
Nordic Cooperation on Electricity Holds Big Lessons For Canada, Case Study Finds
As it seeks to decarbonize the grid, Canada’s “balkanized” power sector has much to learn from longstanding Nordic co-operation, policy advisor Shawn McCarthy writes in a recent case study for the Canadian Climate Institute.
Easier Ride for Fossils, But $9.1B in Climate Funding as Ottawa Releases 2030 Plan
The fossil and transportation sectors get a relatively free ride and electricity producers do the most to decarbonize in the much-anticipated 2030 Emissions Reduction Plan released yesterday by Environment and Climate Change Minister Steven Guilbeault.
New Model Building Code Shows Steps to Net-Zero Ready Buildings by 2030
Canada’s National Research Council has quietly released a new set of national building codes that show how provincial and territorial governments—which actually hold authority for codes and standards—can make new buildings net-zero ready by 2030.
Geothermal Energy Could Help Decarbonize Megacities’ Grids, Study Finds
A new study points to geothermal energy as an untapped resource that could stabilize energy grids and support decarbonization of the world’s megacities, which are seeing increasing energy needs as urban populations rise.
Michigan Utility Takes ‘Critical Step’ to Expand Low-Income Energy Efficiency Programs
An agreement by a Michigan public utility to expand its low-income efficiency programs and study how the energy burden of vulnerable households can be reduced is being hailed by environmental justice advocates as a crucial move towards fighting energy inequality.
Shift to Energy Efficiency Could Pressure Putin, Says Conservation Pioneer Lovins
Vladimir Putin’s war in Ukraine is good reason to “crank with wartime urgency” the mass insulation of buildings and deployment of renewables, energy conservation pioneer Amory Lovins declares in an interview with the Guardian.
Shell ‘Breached Legal Duties’ by Mismanaging Climate Risk, Lawsuit Alleges
European environmental law charity ClientEarth is launching a legal action against colossal fossil Shell and its board of directors, and inviting other Shell shareholders to join the fight.
Saudi Researchers Use Solar to Capture Water Vapour, Grow Crops in Desert Heat
Using a combination of solar panels and a hydrogel that sucks water vapour out of the air, a test project run by environmental engineers in Saudi Arabia successfully grew a crop of water spinach last summer using only the water generated by a novel green energy system, known as WEC2P.
Canada Pledges More Oil for Europe, but Fossil Industry May Not Deliver
Canada’s oil and gas producers can hike output by the equivalent of 300,000 barrels a day by the end of the year to help displace Russian fossil fuels, Natural Resources Minister Jonathan Wilkinson said Thursday.
Canada’s First Green Bond Raises $5B, Leaves Investors Wanting More
Canada’s first-ever green bond raised $5 billion for environmentally focused projects this Tuesday, after a week-long issuance period that showed investors willing to buy more than twice the value of assets on offer.
New Online Tool Matches Canadian Oil and Gas Workers With Renewables Jobs
Iron & Earth has launched a new online tool to help Canadian fossil fuel workers move into careers in the net-zero economy, matching their skills to trades and administration positions in wind, solar, energy efficiency, electric vehicle charging, and more.
Liberal-NDP Deal Delivers More Stability, Not Enough Climate Action, Analysts Warn
The federal Liberals and New Democrats must make good use of the next three-plus years of political stability by embracing more decisive climate action than they promised in the supply and confidence agreement (CSA) unveiled yesterday, leading climate policy analysts have told The Energy Mix.
Germany’s Carbon Emissions Rise, Putting Climate Goals in Peril
An announcement that Germany’s emissions increased last year has put pressure on the country to expand its renewable energy infrastructure or risk delaying its climate goals.
Grounding Airline Emissions Means Flying Less, Advocates Conclude
Flying less is currently the only path to rapid reduction in aviation emissions, and will remain so for longer than necessary if the aviation industry fails to grasp that its survival depends on embracing climate-friendly technological innovation, a veteran climate and aviation analyst warns.
‘Not That Hard to Grasp’: UK Could Eliminate Need for Russian Gas with Insulation, Heat Pumps, Renewables
The United Kingdom could eliminate all need for imported Russian gas this year and cut average home heating costs by £150 by embracing insulation and heat pumps, encouraging consumers to change their energy habits, and relying more on renewable energy, the E3G climate consultancy concludes in an analysis released last week.
RBC, Shopify to Buy Power from Alberta Wind Farm
Royal Bank of Canada, Shopify, and Bullfrog Power Inc. have signed a deal to buy a combined 90,000 megawatt-hours per year from a Berkshire Hathaway wind power project in southeast Alberta.
Research Aims to Use Sunlight to Turn Captured CO2 into Fuel
After a decades-long effort, an international study team is reporting “promising” first steps in using sunlight to convert captured carbon dioxide into fuel.
Clean Energy Professionals for Ukraine Raises Funds for Emergency Relief
The horrific news from Vladimir Putin’s invasion, coupled with a history of family experience with war, escape, and loss, has a Montreal clean energy executive on a mission to raise $100,000 for emergency relief in Ukraine.
Energy Efficiency ‘Could Swing Electoral Success’ in 40 UK Constituencies
With the war in Ukraine triggering a secondary crisis in gas heating costs across Europe, “tackling poor quality homes in marginal constituencies could swing election success,” the United Kingdom’s Energy & Climate Intelligence Unit (ECIU) concludes in a report released last week.
Renewable Energy Co-ops See Scant Federal Interest in Locally-Owned Power
A group of 16 community renewable energy co-ops from seven provinces is fighting an uphill battle for recognition, nearly a month after urging the federal government to make it easier for Canadians to invest in locally-owned and -generated electricity.
Industry Newsletter Cites 4 Transmission Techs to Watch as Electrification Gains Pace
With extreme weather wreaking havoc on power lines, experts are turning their attention to emerging transmission technologies, and have named four companies to watch as the United States ramps up renewables-based electrification.
Developers Look for ‘Sea Change’ in Tidal Power Development
Like wind and solar, tidal and other forms of marine power consume no fossil fuels and produce no carbon emissions. Freelance writer Alexander Gelfand dives into why tidal has been so slow to develop.
Breakthrough Technologies Raise Hopes for ‘Wearable Solar’ Within a Decade
A recent solar technology breakthrough from UK scientists brings “wearable solar” one step closer to commercial production and could greatly expand the amount of solar power generated by weaving the microscopic technology into daily living.
China Carving Out Key Role in Global Energy Transition, Say Analysts
China’s dual status as both the world’s top coal consumer and renewable energy developer raises questions about whether the country is meeting its climate pledges, but some analysts say focusing on these two domestic factors misses the larger picture of China’s role in the international energy transition.
EU to Cut Russian Gas Use 65% This Year as Analysts Urge Faster Shift to Renewables
Following a dramatic pledge yesterday to reduce its dependence on Russian gas by 65% this year and phase out all Russian fossil fuels “well before 2030”, the European Union is under pressure to replace gas from all sources through a rapid transition to energy efficiency and renewable energy.
CO2 Emissions from Energy Hit All-Time High of 36.3 Billion Tonnes in 2021
Global carbon dioxide emissions from energy hit a record high of 36.3 billion tonnes (gigatonnes) in 2021, the International Energy Agency reported yesterday, with an “extremely rapid economic recovery” translating into higher emissions from fuel burning and industrial processes and China accounting for the largest share of the increase.
Hawaii Offers Cash Bonus for Solar Homes Sending Power to the Grid
Hawaiian households with rooftop solar will soon be rewarded for sharing electricity with the grid at peak hours, while in California, three utilities are pushing to make solar-equipped homes pay extra fees as their monthly power bills go down.
Canada Reports ‘Significant Impacts’ from Energy Efficiency
Over the past two decades, energy efficiency measures in Canada have reduced greenhouse gas emissions by 55 megatonnes (Mt) and saved C$26 billion in energy costs for consumers, according to a report from Natural Resources Canada.
Analysis: From Gas to Renewables to Efficiency, Putin’s War Has EU Scrambling for Energy Independence
With Vladimir Putin’s devastating war in Ukraine now well into its second week, news coverage and commentary are turning to the steps other European countries can take to break their dependence on Russian oil and gas, once and for all.
New Brunswick Auditor General Rebukes Funding Gap for Energy Retrofits
New Brunswick’s provincial utility and its government must work together to ensure that low- and middle-income households can afford energy retrofits, a new report says, in a critique of the province’s failure to make energy efficiency accessible to all.
Inuvik Wind Turbine to Cut Diesel Costs $3M by 2023
A wind turbine should be up and running in Inuvik, NWT by early 2023, reducing the territory’s annual emissions by 6,000 tonnes and saving the NWT Power Corporation (NTPC) C$3 million in diesel costs—though how much of these savings will be passed down to households remains uncertain.